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"THE THREE WEEKS"

By Yosef Farhi | Jul 18, 2011

   CONNECTING WITH OUR PAST   There are 21 days on the Jewish calendar when we are supposed to mourn the destruction of our Holy Temple in Jerusalem. The Three Weeks – beginning on the fast of the seventeenth of Tamuz and ending on Tishah b’Av – is a period of national mourning in which…

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english- parashat pinchas

By Yosef Farhi | Jul 14, 2011

Parashat Pinchas Appreciating Diversity   The Midrash tells us that Moshe was not sure about who should succeed him after his passing (Midrash Rabbah 21:2). Hence, he turned to G-d to appoint a suitable successor to lead the Jewish People: Master of the Universe, You know the opinions of each and every one of them,…

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Spanish- parashat pinchas

By Yosef Farhi | Jul 12, 2011

parashat pinchas Apreciar la Diversidad El placer de hacer el bien La pureza de nuestros motivos Merecerse la Recompensa Leiluy Nishmat- Moshe Ben Hazira, Letife Bat Farida, Eduardo David Ben Leah Apreciar la Diversidad El Midrash relata que Moshé no estaba seguro sobre quien debía sucederle después de su muerte (Midrash Rabbah 21:2). Por lo…

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english parashat balak

By Yosef Farhi | Jul 8, 2011

1. BILAAM AND AVRAHAM: TWO ENDS OF THE SPECTRUM The famous Mishnah in Avot teaches that whoever has an evil eye, haughty spirit, and a strong desire to pursue pleasure and materialism is a disciple of Bilaam. In contrast, whoever has a good eye, humble spirit, and self-restraint is a disciple of Avraham (Ch. 5).…

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French Parachat Balak

By Yosef Farhi | Jul 8, 2011

1.Bilaam et Avraham: deux extrémités du spectre Une Michna très célèbre des Pirké Avot  enseigne que quiconque a un mauvais œil, un esprit hautain, et le désir insatiable de poursuivre les plaisirs de ce monde est un disciple de Bilaam. En revanche, celui qui possède un œil bon, un esprit humble et fait preuve de maîtrise…

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Spanish Parashat Balak

By Yosef Farhi | Jul 8, 2011

Leiluy NishmaT : Moshe Ben Hazira, Letife Bat Farida,Eduardo David Ben Leah 1.Los Elementos De Uuna Nacion BILAAM Y ABRAHAM: DOS EXTREMOS DEL ESPECTRO La famosa Mishná en Avot enseña que quien tiene un mal ojo, un espíritu arrogante y un fuerte deseo de conseguir placer y materialismo es un discípulo de Bilaam. En contraste,…

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Parshat Chukat

By Yosef Farhi | Jun 30, 2011

In memory of Reuven ben Sarah 1. The Limits of Human Understanding 2. Pursuing Peace Wisely 3. A Jewish Jew The Limits of Human Understanding The gentiles…single out the Mitzvah of the פרה אדומה Red Heifer פרה אדומה to scoff at. They ask the Jews: “What is this mitzvah and what is the meaning behind…

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Paracha Houkat

By Yosef Farhi | Jun 30, 2011

L’étude de ce Dvar Torah est consacrée a la mémoire de Hanna bat zahra, Hanania Rephael ben Hanna, Mahlouf ben Merima, Diamanti bat Messaouda, Raphael ben Yaakov, Gracia bat Hanna,Jais ben Rahel, Eliahou ben Hanna, Amram ben Zarha. 1. Les limites de la compréhension humaine 2. PourSsuivre La Paix 3. Juifs Les limites de la…

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Parshat Korach

By Yosef Farhi | Jun 23, 2011

In memory of Reuven ben Sarah 1. Eliminating Jealousy 2. A Place For Jealousy 3. Defusing Disputes Eliminating Jealousy I recently met a man of ninety-five who looked much younger than his age. I was so impressed by his physical and emotional energy that I could not resist asking him to reveal the secret of…

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Paracha Korach

By Yosef Farhi | Jun 23, 2011

L’étude de ce Dvar Torah est consacrée a la mémoire de Hanna bat zahra, Hanania Rephael ben Hanna, Mahlouf ben Merima, Diamanti bat Messaouda, Raphael ben Yaakov, Gracia bat Hanna, Jais ben Rahel, Eliahou ben Hanna, Amram ben Zarha. 1. L’élimination de la jalousie 2. Désamorcer les disputes L’élimination de la jalousie J’ai rencontré récemment…

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Parshat Shlach

By Yosef Farhi | Jun 17, 2011

In memory of Reuven ben Sarah 1. Para Paranoia 2. Discovering and Dealing with Self-Deception 3. Self Esteem of a Grasshopper 1. Para Paranoia When baseless or excessive suspicion of the motives of others displaces rational thinking and evaluation, we call it paranoia. One who looks beyond (para) the surface of others’ actions, and suspects…

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Paracha Shlach

By Yosef Farhi | Jun 17, 2011

L’étude de ce Dvar Torah est consacrée a la mémoire de Hanna bat zahra, Hanania Rephael ben Hanna, Mahlouf ben Merima, Diamanti bat Messaouda, Raphael ben Yaakov, Gracia bat Hanna, Jais ben Rahel, Eliahou ben Hanna, Amram ben Zarha. 1. Para – paranoïa 2. La mauvaise foi. 3. La confiance en soi d’une sauterelle 1.…

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Parshat Naso/Expanded Shavuot Edition

By Yosef Farhi | Jun 3, 2011

In memory of Reuven ben Sarah 1. A Key To Martial Harmony 2. What We Can Learn From The Nazir 3. The “Priestly Blessing”- The Power of a Blessing 4. Shavuot, the Veiled Festival 5. Being a True“Receiver” of Torah 6. King David’s Secret Weapon 7. Defusing Disputes (Parshat Beha’aloscha) A Key To Martial Harmony…

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Paracha Naso

By Yosef Farhi | Jun 3, 2011

L’étude de ce Dvar Torah est consacrée a la mémoire de Hanna bat zahra, Hanania Rephael ben Hanna, Mahlouf ben Merima, Diamanti bat Messaouda, Raphael ben Yaakov, Gracia bat Hanna, Jais ben Rahel, Eliahou ben Hanna, Amram ben Zarha. 1. Birkat Cohanim – La “bénédiction sacerdotale” et sa Puissance 2. La puissance d’une bénédiction 3.…

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Parashat Bechoukotay

By Yosef Farhi | May 20, 2011

L’étude de ce Dvar Torah est consacrée a la mémoire de Hanna bat zahra, Hanania Rephael ben Hanna,Mahlouf ben Merima, Diamanti bat Messaouda, Raphael ben Yaakov, Gracia bat Hanna,Jais ben Rahel, Eliahou ben Hanna, Amram ben Zarha. Le Labeur dans la Torah 1. Qu’est-ce-que le labeur dans l’etude de la Torah ? 2. L’Education de…

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Parshat Bechukotay

By Yosef Farhi | May 19, 2011

In memory of Reuven ben Sarah Toiling in Torah 1. …אם בחקתי תלכו…ונתתי גשמכים בעתם 2. Yeshiva Education 3. Behind the Scenes 4. The Ultimate Example of Continuity 5. “Do Not Disturb!” 6. Genuine Torah 7. Post Script …אם בחקתי תלכו…ונתתי גשמכים בעתם (If you follow my statutes…I will provide you with rain at the…

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Paracha Emor

By Yosef Farhi | May 12, 2011

L Etude de ce Dvar Torah est consacre a la mémoire de Hanna bat Zahra Une Génération De Victimes 1. Dépression et Responsabilité 2. L’Avalanche Fatale 3. Approche de la Torah à la psychologie 4. La goutte qui fait déborder le vase 5. Responsable ou justifiable? 6. L’estime de soi n’est pas à vendre Dépression…

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Paracha bear

By Yosef Farhi | May 12, 2011

L’étude de ce Dvar Torah est consacrée a la mémoire de Hanna bat zahra, Hanania Rephael ben Hanna, Mahlouf ben Merima, Diamanti bat Messaouda, Raphael ben Yaakov, Gracia bat Hanna,Jais ben Rahel, Eliahou ben Hanna, Amram ben Zarha. Paracha Bear 1. L’ours qui danse. 2. Représentations internes de la Sainteté 3. «Ai-je grandi ou non?…

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Parshat Behar

By Yosef Farhi | May 12, 2011

In memory of Reuven ben Sarah Praying for a Brainstorm 1. The Dancing Bear 2. Internal Representations of Holiness 3. Repentance and Representations 4. “Did I Grow or Not?” Jewish Approach to Emotional Pain 1. G-d‘s Wide Shoulders 2. Broken Hearts 1. Praying for a Brainstorm Many people wonder why their minds drift during prayers.…

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Parshat Emor

By Yosef Farhi | May 5, 2011

In memory of Reuven ben Sarah A Generation of Victims 1. Depression and Responsibility 2. The Lethal Avalanche 3. The Torah’s Approach to Psychology 4. The Straw that Broke the Camel’s Back 5. Responsible or Excusable? 6. Self-Esteem Is Not For Sale Depression and Responsibility Several generations ago, psychology introduced us to a concept that…

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Parshat Shemini

By Yosef Farhi | Mar 24, 2011

In memory of Reuven ben Sarah Why Aaron Was Chosen Skeleton in the Closet Bumpy Road to Priesthood Fulfilling Phylacteries Contaminated Water Purification Why Aaron Was Chosen Vayomer Moshe el Aaron krav el hamizbeach…v’chaper – “And Moshe said to Aaron, ‘Approach the altar…and atone” (Vayikra 9:7) Rashi explains that Aaron was afraid and embarrassed to…

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Purim-In memory of Reuven ben Sarah

By Yosef Farhi | Mar 16, 2011

The Everlasting Purim Happiness – Guaranteed(?) As Purim approaches, many of us are filled with a feeling of anticipation and excitement, looking forward to the simcha this special day can bring. However, after Purim, many often experience disappointment, feeling that simcha somehow passed them by. There is tremendous potential in Purim day, and if utilized…

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Purim 5771

By Yosef Farhi | Mar 15, 2011

The Masked You Undercover in Shushan Everybody knows there is a minhag (custom) to dress in costumes on Purim. This minhag is not just a silly children’s activity – there is deep significance behind the masks and costumes we wear on Purim. A mask or costume hides one’s identity. This theme – of hiding one’s…

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Parshat Vayikra

By Yosef Farhi | Mar 14, 2011

In memory of Reuven ben Sarah 1.It’s a Matter of Principle Vayikra el Moshe vayedaber Hashem eilov mei’ohel mo’ed leimor”- And (Hashem) called out to Moshe and Hashem spoke to him from the ohel mo’ed, saying…” (Vayikra 1:1) The Midrash Rabbah (1:15) learns from this pasuk that even a dead animal is better than a…

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Parshat Pekudai, Parshat Shkolim, Rosh Chodesh Adar B'

By Yosef Farhi | Mar 13, 2011

1.Trust Me Moshe and the Mockers “Eileh pekudei Hamishkan mishkan ha’eidut asher pukad al pi Moshe…” – These are the calculations of the Mishkan…which were accounted for by the command of Moshe. (Shemot 38:21) In this week’s parsha, the Torah makes an accounting of where all the gold and silver that Klal Yisrael donated for…

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Parshat Vayakhel

By Yosef Farhi | Mar 13, 2011

Jewish Remedy to Relaxation  “Six days your work shall be done and on the seventh day…rest” (Exodus 35:2).   In this pasuk, there seem to be two commandments: to rest on the seventh day, and to work the other six days.  But is there really a mitzvah to work six days a week? Also, the…

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